The Piecing Together Collection was created to provide those living with dementia, limited fine motor skills or visual impairments, with a fun activity that can be enjoyed alone or with a loved one. 850,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in the UK, a disease that can be isolating for both the sufferer and their family members, friends or carers.
The large, easy to handle pieces and beautiful images have been carefully designed to be age-appropriate for adults, yet accessible for all. There are 10 designs available ranging from 12-48 pieces, and the puzzles can be completed inside the box which provides a frame to work within and makes it easy to store.
Our goal was to create a puzzle that brings people together during these difficult times. So we undertook thorough research and development when designing this collection, which included care home visits, liaising with Age UK Centres and teaming up with Dr. Zoe Wyrko, Consultant Geriatrician and member of the expert team on Channel 4's award-winning TV show, Old People's Home for 4-Year-Olds.
“Jigsaw puzzles are an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. They give a person something to focus and concentrate on, both of which can improve wellbeing,” states Dr Zoe Wyrko. “Jigsaws provoke memories in different ways - the sound of pieces rattling in a box, the smell of a newly opened puzzle, and remembering the act of doing jigsaws with friends or family when younger. The pictures can spark conversations, reminding people of topics that may be long forgotten.”
Not only does completing a jigsaw puzzle aid motor skills, but the puzzle images were also chosen specifically to evoke fond memories from the mid-20th century. The large, easy to handle pieces are made in the UK using 100% recycled board that is the thickest on the market.